Must Read: Superman: For The Man Who Has Everything

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Must-read graphic novels are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Superman: For The Man Who Has Everything
Date: 1985

Vitals: Mongul, a super space bastard, gives Superman a birthday "present," a parasitic plant that latches onto his chest and plunges him into a dream where his homeworld never exploded. It's up to Batman, Wonder Woman and Robin to drag Supes back to reality.


Famous names: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons

Crunchy goodness: 5

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: The animated show Justice League Unlimited adapted this story pretty much note-for-note into an episode.


Quotable: "Think clean thoughts, chum." — Batman to Robin, who's checking out Wonder Woman's amazonian bathing suit.

Life lessons: It's easy to idealize your birth family — until you invite your friends over for the holidays. That's always when you realize your super-scientist dad isn't perfect, he's a fascist nutjob.

Victoria Wayne summarizes the story.

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